Hezbollah chief says he met Qatari envoy in recent days

December 4, 2013 02:55

BEIRUT - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday he recently received an envoy from Qatar, the first contact between the two sides since divisions over the crisis in Syria severed their once strong relations.

"There is talk between us ... there was a line between us and Qatar which was reopened [recently] but up to a certain limit," Nasrallah said in an interview with Lebanon's OTV television.

He did not disclose details about the identity or seniority of the envoy but when asked by the interviewer if the meeting took place in the past few days Nasrallah said: "Yes, it is true. I can not hide it."

Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Muslim group, had developed relatively strong ties with Qatar, especially after the Gulf state funded the reconstruction of many Shi'ite villages destroyed during the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Hezbollah and Israel.

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